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The Age of Intelligence

The Age of I ntelligence In the fast-paced, technology-dense world indwelled by much of the earth’s population, the supreme human resource is intelligence. That is because intelligence consists of the knowledge, skills, and strategies necessary to be effective in a world that is complex and information-rich, a world in which daily life consists largely in a concatenation of problems to be solved. Intelligence shapes the economic prospects of individuals, organizations, and nations. Intelligence also connects to the causes and potential solutions of deep-rooted social problems. My thesis is this: The intellectual abilities that are crucial to modern life, including economic viability and effectiveness in daily living, correspond to the cognitive functions that are reasonably called intelligence. Moreover, those intellectual abilities are learnable.